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Citizens of Nowhere: From Refugee Camp to Canadian Campus Hardcover – Sep 14 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; First Edition edition (Sept. 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385667221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385667227
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #552,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Goodwin's account is one of the best I have ever read of the lonely, one-way journey that refugees of the world must endure to capture a part of the better future we take for granted. . . . It is both humbling and uplifting, and not to be
--Brian Stewart, former senior correspondent with The National

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About the Author

Debi Goodwin is a documentary producer and a former CBC journalist. While at The National Debi produced documentaries from Latin America, Africa, China and Asia. The documentary "The Lucky Ones," which inspired this book, won the RTNDA's Adrienne Clarkson Award for best network program in 2008. Her work has also received a Gemini nomination and a Chris Award from the Columbus Film Festival.

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By Annie on March 25 2012
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Wonderful book! I worked in a refugee camp in Malawi for 2 years, where the same scholarships described in the book were offered to refugee students. Being Canadian, it was very insightful to read what happen to them once they arive in Canada and how they adapt. Great book! Recommend to everyone!
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HASH(0xa1602f3c) out of 5 stars Interesting overview of a fascinating subject Jan. 8 2011
By Dunyazad - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was a very interesting look at 11 mostly Somali students who had been living in refugee camps in Kenya until they won scholarships to Canadian universities. It describes their first year of study, including the major adjustments that they had to make. They had left behind their families and the whole world that they knew, and were suddenly living in a completely different culture. Compounded with all the basic pressures of first-year university was the knowledge that they needed to succeed and start making money as quickly as possible so that they could help out the family members who had been left behind. There's also a fair bit of information about the political situation in Somalia, which I had previously been entirely ignorant of.

I love books about people adjusting to new worlds, so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Almost my only complaint is that the author tries to cover too many different students; it's just not possible to do justice to the stories of 11 different students in such a short space while still trying to explain the background of the situation. I sometimes found that I had lost track of who was who, and I was left wanting a more complete version of their stories. I hope some of them will eventually choose to tell their own stories themselves.

Still, this was an interesting overview and the pages went by quickly. I would recommend it if you're interested in the subject.
HASH(0xa160a24c) out of 5 stars Citizens of Nowhere Aug. 23 2011
By Bob M - Published on
Format: Paperback
The local University was in the process of bringing in 2 Sudanese Refugees to enrol and I was referred to read this book. The stories are spellbinding and very revealing of who these students are... the hardships, obstacles and home sickness. Truly a wonderful story that should be told to everyone. Bring more "needles in the ocean" to our Universities and we both benefit. They get the hand up they need and we learn of a culture, way of life we would not know. Great story, well written - highly recommended.